5 Real Estate Brokers To Know

By Luis Rigual | August 5, 2020 | Home & Real Estate Home & Real Estate

These agents answer our burning questions about Miami’s booming real estate market—rapid-fire style.

1. Darin J. Feldman, Insignia International Properties

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Sum up the current state of the Miami real estate market in four words. An abundance of inventory

What is the easiest way to spruce up a home when it hits the market? A fresh paint job

Home improvement that yields the best return? Kitchen remodel

Home improvement that never yields a return? Change of flooring

When preparing a home to list, always create a to-do list of items to be repaired and get them fixed.

Every home benefits from an interior paint job in Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White.

When touring a listing, always check to see if there is moisture or the smell of mildew anywhere in the home.

The hottest hood in Miami right now is the Venetian Islands.

The next neighborhood to watch is West Buena Vista.

The real estate trend emerging now is virtual showings. 305.967.8449

2. Philip Gutman, Brown Harris Stevens

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Sum up the current state of the Miami real estate market in four words. Resilient. Attractive as ever.

Home improvement that yields the best return? Kitchens and bathrooms; they catch a buyer’s eye.

Home improvement that never yields a return? Anything too personalized that might turn off a buyer unable to see themselves there

Hottest home feature trending now? The pandemic has created a surge of interest for single-family homes that ensure privacy and personal access to amenities like pools, home offices, home gyms and expansive yards.

Every home benefits from a thoughtful floor plan, large kitchen and expansive room for entertaining.

When touring a listing, always check the community, proximity to good schools and area highlights.

The next neighborhood to watch is Bay Harbor Islands.

The real estate trend emerging now is boutique office spaces like Ofizzina in Coral Gables. 305.726.0100

3. Lourdes Alatriste, Engel & Völkers

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Sum up the current state of the Miami real estate market in four words. Active. Positive. Inviting. Shifting.

What is your motto when it comes to real estate? Knowledge is power.

What is the easiest way to spruce up a home when it hits the market? Declutter.

Home improvement that yields the best return? Staging the house correctly with the style that matches the house

Home improvement that never yields a return? Too much technology; it’s always changing.

Color palettes/paint colors that work best for showings? Light colors, neutral so the buyer sees it as a blank canvas

Hottest home feature trending now? Space

When preparing a home to list, always know everything about the area and the house.

When touring a listing, always check the lighting.

My favorite feature in a home is landscaping.

The hottest hood in Miami right now is Midtown.

The next neighborhood to watch is Coconut Grove.

The real estate trend emerging now is space. 305.926.5322

4. Lisa Miller, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

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Sum up the current state of the Miami real estate market in four words. Getting ready to ignite

What is your motto when it comes to real estate? Honesty, integrity and experience (27 years and counting!)

Hottest home feature trending now? In-home gyms, air purification systems, great outdoor spaces and private pools, lush landscaping and gardening space

Craziest thing to happen during a showing or transaction? I guess it’s more like the most memorable showing: I met and married my husband after meeting him showing properties. We are now happily married for 20 years and
have two daughters in college.

When touring a listing, always check the seller’s real property disclosure.

My favorite feature in a home is open entertaining areas overlooking lushly landscaped backyards, oversize swimming pools and large covered entertaining areas with a summer kitchen. Now more than ever, our homes have become our sanctuaries.

The real estate trend emerging now is Matterport 3D virtual tours. It’s a necessity these days. Buyers want to know the home inside and out prior to stepping foot into it. 305.725.5661

5. Allan Kleer and Fabian Garcia-Diaz, KleerandGarciaDiaz

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Sum up the current state of the Miami real estate market in four words. Busy, active, cautious, optimistic

What is your motto when it comes to real estate? Realistic and positive

What is the easiest way to spruce up a home when it hits the market? Professional home staging

Home improvement that yields the best return? Kitchen and bathrooms combined with professional staging

Home improvement that never yields a return? Adding a pool

Hottest home feature trending now? Green walls

What most people don’t know about real estate is it’s one of the safest investments you can make in the
long term.

When preparing a home to list, always be conscious of unusual odors.

Every home benefits from a fresh coat of paint.

Our favorite feature in a home is the kitchen.

The real estate trend emerging now is 3D and virtual tours. 305.673.3809



Photography by: Lourdes Alatriste Photo by Sonya Revell; all others courtesy of subjects